Untethered Sky

Tor.com. Apr. 2023. 160p. ISBN 9781250842466. $22.99. FANTASY
Ester is a ruhker apprentice: one who will devote themselves to the raising and training of roc fledglings, which will grow into gigantic, deadly birds of prey. While only one in five ever survive to fly a roc, Ester has the drive to attempt to make a wild creature named Zahra a hunter for the Kingdom of Dartha. As she cares for Zahra, her devotion to her cause grows. Rocs are the only ones who can face off against the deadly manticores that ravage the countryside, and it was a manticore that killed Ester’s mother and brother. Yet now, Ester has gained a new family with the other ruhkers and the wild creature she can never hope to tame. Flashbacks of her life create the foundation for a powerful story of emotional freedom and learning to love without regret. Lee (Jade Legacy) creates a balance of action and emotional conflict with her strong prose and characters.
VERDICT This slim novella packs a punch as it explores the emotional journey of one woman’s feelings of vengeance and devotion, as wild as the creatures that she must face.
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